Rated 3 out of 5 by mlrtist Juices fruits and some vegs but sometimes clogs.
I have had my VRT350 over 3 years. It makes wonderful juice from both veggies and fruit. It arrived with a cracked auger (which is very unusual!) but the company was great and sent a replacement auger. The only problem with this juicer, and the reason that I am giving it 3 stars instead of 5, is that the pulp ejection spout clogs whenever I juice veggies such as kale, cilantro, beet greens, celery, you get the idea. I have tried everything: I cut the stalks into 1-2" pieces, I alternate them with carrots or apple, I've juice them first, I've juiced them last. It doesn't matter; the spout will clog. It is true that sometimes "only" half of the spout clogs, but the wad of stalk strings extends from the spout back up into the basket and I can't believe that this is good for the machine. Also, the backup sometimes causes a bit of juice to leak through the center gasket onto the pin and center portion of the base. This problem makes it difficult to make large batches of juice without having to stop and clean out the pulp path. I have heard that the newer models have addressed this problem, so for that reason I would buy one of the newer models instead of this one if you plan to include veggies such as I mentioned. If you don't juice a lot of leafy greens with their stalks and/or celery, this is the perfect juicer for you.
January 26, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Juicing_John Satisfied, for the most part
I received this juicer from a friend of mine who, as a diabetic, bought it back in May '14 and used it 5 times. She was unable to drink the juice, as it made her glucose level rise too high, so it sat for 18 mos in her basement until now, she gave it to me. I have used it for about a week now, and have had 3 large juicing sessions - producing enough juice for me to have for 6 days (three sessions of juicing for an hour - 2 days worth each time). I am juicing everything from carrots, apples, cucumbers, to lacinato kale, red chard, celery, pomegranate seeds, cherries, cranberries, pineapple (even the core, which I could NOT put through my old centrifugal juicer - Jack LaLane Power Juicer Pro). I am VERY satisfied with the quality of the juice - even after stored for 2 days (in mason jars with the white plastic lids). With my old juicer, juices would spoil within 4 hours, which would prohibit me from taking them to work for lunch at mid-shift. The only thing I do not like about the juicer so far is the amount of pulp in the juice. I remedy that by pouring it through a strainer and problem solved - extra step, but makes it much more palatable for my tastes. I did have to adjust my recipes as this juicer gives me MUCH more yield from my leafy greens than the centrifugal juicer did, so the taste was definitely a little different. Cleaning is easy and I have not had any problems with the pulp ejection or the juicer stopping on me. I cut everything as John Kohler states to cut it up in his videos on YouTube and feed things through differently than my old juicer as well - and it seems to work well. It is an extra step to prep the food, but well worth it to me to be able to make juice ahead for 2-3 days at a time instead of having to clean the juicer every time I wanted a juice - several times per day. Cleaning is easy with just water and the cleaning bush provided in the box. I do wonder if the warranty is still good on this machine for me since I am not the original purchaser and how I go about looking into that - I still have the warranty card that she never filled out and sent in.
January 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandvic Great juicer!
I bought this juicer 2 years ago and it works as well as the day I bought. It's a beast. It has juiced everything I've put in it and juiced it well. It's really, really well-made and should last a ling, ling time.
It's easy to clean, easy to take apart and put together. One of the best things I've ever bought for my health! I love it so much I bought one for my son. He lives it just as much.
January 2, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by AmyS Meh...I would try something else...
I purchased this at a local store that was going out of business so I thought I got a good deal. I had owned the Breville centrifugal-type and wanted to "upgrade" my juicer. I did read a lot of reviews and I know Hurom and Omega are the best. So, I bought this model.
Assembles fine. The instruction manual indicates that I should have gotten TWO strainers (fine and course). I only got one in the box. So, I tried it and the juice IS PULPY! Not what I expected since my current Breville's juice isn't pulpy. So, I assumed perhaps I had gotten the coarse strainer. When I called Customer service, they indicated that they no longer include the "coarse" strainer with the juicers, that what I have is the "fine" strainer and that they didn't update their manual to reflect that. Well, even for this amount of money, I expected better. The rep on the phone indicated that the horizontal juicers are better than the vertical juicers. Oh great - so if I happen to buy another juicer, I'll just go spend more money on that one. I have what I have now so I'll need to make do...
It does the job well - slowly pressing the juices and the pulp is definitely drier than that the centrifugal one. I guess I'll just need to do the extra step to "strain" my juice into the glass...
I have read reviews that this model tends to clog - no issues with that...yet. BUT I can see where/how/why it could clog. Just be sure to alternate hard/soft fruits/veggies and you should be ok. So far, no issues...knock on wood... :)
The machine IS heavy, sturdy, parts seem durable and good quality.
If you can afford it, go ahead and invest in the horizontal-type juicer. That's why this model only gets two stars from me. If I had only known...
January 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vilma My daughter sent me as a birthdate present and I am very happy and proud of my juicer. Is the best juicer in the world. In my hole life never taste fruit juices as the ones I am drinking now. I thank her for this exquisite present.
December 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Chakra Quality Juicer
I have been using this juicer for the past 7 days, i have to admin that the quality of the juice was really really awesome one if your using the proper mix of veggies, leaf and fruits.
The lagging side of the juicer is, taking too much time to make a single glass of juice( each time it's close to 1 hr) and cleaning the juicer after using it is a pain. specifically cleaning the pulp are is really time taking process.
I am expecting more easy to handle device for the price i have paid.
October 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Chris_ First Juicer I've Owned and Happy But....
Being that this is the first juicer I've owned I have nothing to compare it to except itself. My first impressions matched up with the Youtube videos I had watched. Lost of juice, a little pulp and dry extracted pulp. Other than the clean up time I was very happy. I've used it sporadically, probably not more than 30 times since I've owned it.
The issue I have had the last few time using it is large-ish pieces of carrots, apples, and a few other items not getting juiced. When I start the clean-up and pull out the auger there will be chunks on it and the basket. I've followed all the guidelines about feeding different types of fruits and vegetables not all at once but in small varied groups and haven't changed my process since owning it. I've had no other problems. I've only ever used the finer mesh basket.
Overall I really enjoy the juice I get from the VRT350 but I am concerned about it's longevity.
January 17, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Patrickb fails on wheatgrass
I tried this machine for wheatgrass after reading reviews and it failed miserably. I made 12 oz of wheatgrass and it plugged up and stopped five times. When it jams up it is very hard to open then clean out all the jammed up grass. In addition, I had to strain the liquid because so much pulp got in. I just bought this and will be returning this product.
November 5, 2015